Healthcare IT Conference 2015 - Speaker Bios

Sajid AhmedSajid Ahmed

Chief Information & Innovation Officer
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital 

Sajid Ahmed is the chief information and innovation officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. He is leading the new hospital’s $70 million health information technology initiative and launching an innovation hub on the 42-acre MLK Medical Center Campus.

Mr. Ahmed was formerly the director of health information technology and innovation for L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public plan. One of his most significant contributions to L.A. Care is the creation of HITEC-LA (Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for Los Angeles County) for electronic health record adoption and implementation for providers throughout L.A. County.

Before leaving L.A. Care, Mr. Ahmed created and launched eConsult in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. eConsult is an innovative telehealth system that allows for virtual consultations and collaboration with specialists. 

Mr. Ahmed is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, and a guest lecturer at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), University of Southern California (USC) and CalState LA.

Mr. Ahmed began his early career at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at age 16. He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UCLA, while also studying computer science and bio-engineering there. He and his wife Elizabeth have an 8-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. They live in Redlands, where he is on the board of the local YMCA Association.

Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow

Senior Vice President, Client Operations
Health Catalyst

Mr. Barlow is a co-founder of Health Catalyst and is the Senior Vice President of Client Operations. Mr. Barlow is a founding member and former chair of the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association. He began his career in healthcare over 22 years ago at Intermountain Healthcare and acted as a member of the team that led Intermountain’s nationally recognized improvements in quality care and reductions in cost.


Jim Brady

James Brady, PhD, FHIMSS

Area Chief Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente, Orange County

James is the Area CIO at Kaiser Permanente Orange County, where he oversees all the information systems for the 262-bed Anaheim and 150-bed Irvine Medical Centers, 22 medical offices, 960 physicians, 6,400 employees, and over 468,000 health plan members. Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, he was the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Technical Services at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii, the state's fifth largest employer and the nation's fourth largest community hospital system, with more than 1,270 beds, 4,000 employees, 1,000 physicians, and 14 facilities. At Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, James led the technology and infrastructure transformation, including deploying the Siemens Electronic Health Record system. Before working in Hawaii, he directed the $60M data center consolidation and migration program, and deployed the Epic Electronic Health Record system as an Enterprise Information Services Systems Manager at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, CA. James has earned two Masters Degrees, a PhD in Information Systems and Information Security, and 19 technical and professional certifications. He recently co-authored the HIMSS CPHIMS certification study guide, and has been featured in healthcare news articles and webinars, as well as industry and academic conferences and publications. James is currently the President of the HIMSS Southern California Chapter and a member of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee. James also holds an adjunct faculty role in the School of Health and Human Services at National University. He is married with three children, enjoys jogging, tennis, and inline speed skating, and lives in Laguna Nigel, CA.

Brant Heise

Brant Heise

Senior Managing Director
Summation Health Ventures

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Heise has accumulated a broad range and scope of healthcare experience within both the non-profit and for-profit arenas.  His accomplishments include business development and operating experience in entrepreneurial start-up companies, physician organizations, community hospitals and academic medical centers.   Brant currently leads Summation Health Ventures’ overall activities and investment initiatives with a focus on both healthcare information technology and medical device investments.

In his position at Summation, as well as his ongoing position as Managing Director of the MemorialCare Innovation Fund, Brant’s experience includes participation on the Board of Directors for several privately-held, venture capital funded companies within the investment portfolios, including Accenx Technologies, Ascender Software, Aventura, Care Team Connect, Health Care DataWorks, Prescient Surgical, Radianse, and ThromboVision, as well as enjoying board observation rights with Gauss Surgical, ForHealth Technologies, Ivantis, MedVentive, Mindframe, PerfectServe and Skylight Healthcare Systems. 

Prior to both Summation Health Ventures and the MemorialCare Innovation Fund, Brant was Vice President of Operations at National Healthcare Services, the for-profit arm of the MemorialCare Health System.  Earlier in his career, Brant held various management positions within Geriatrix and For Health, both entrepreneurial healthcare organizations focused on a unique and innovative medical model for long-term care.  Brant was also Director of Practice Management Services at Cornerstone Physicians Corporation, and a Clinical Administrator at Los Angeles County & University of Southern California Medical Center.

Mr. Heise holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Services Administration from the University of Michigan, as well as a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College.

Casie KellyCasie Kelly, PhD

Senior Licensing Officer
Life Sciences
UC Irvine

Casie Kelly is a Senior Licensing Officer at UC Irvine’s Office of Technology Alliances.  Casie works closely with faculty, staff, and students at UCI to help identify aspects of their research with commercial potential. Her responsibilities include evaluating new inventions, managing all aspects of patent prosecution within her portfolio of inventions, and licensing the university’s patent rights to both established companies and startups. Casie has completed dozens of licensing deals with startup companies that have since raised millions of dollars of funding, including an IPO. Casie also oversees OTA’s internship program, which engages graduate students and post docs at UCI and introduces them to technology transfer and aspects of technology commercialization. Prior to joining UCI in 2012, Casie worked for six years at UCLA’s technology transfer office, where she managed a large portfolio of life science inventions. Casie is a named inventor on 7 issued US patents and previously developed therapeutic monoclonal antibodies that are in clinical development by a major pharmaceutical company. Casie earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and B.S. degrees in Chemistry and in Microbiology from UCLA. Casie is a registered patent agent at the USPTO.

Ryan KellyRyan Kelly, PhD

Senior Commercialization Officer
Cleveland Clinic Innovations

Ryan serves as Senior Commercialization Officer for Cleveland Clinic Innovations, bringing technical, intellectual property and licensing experience to the Innovation Institute team and facilitating the alliance between the Institute and Cleveland Clinic. Prior to this role, he worked as a Senior Manager in City of Hope’s Office of Technology Licensing, responsible for commercializing therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device and healthcare IT innovations developed by City of Hope’s clinicians and researchers, with a particular interest in start-up ventures and healthcare IT. He was responsible for evaluating invention disclosures, directing patent prosecution, marketing technologies and negotiating license, collaboration and sponsored research agreements, working closely with inventors to throughout the entire process. He also led external business development efforts to establish relationships with academic/industry partners and managed City of Hope’s marketing and licensing internship program. Before City of Hope, Ryan worked in The Scripps Research Institute’s Office of Technology Development while training as a postdoctoral fellow in immunology. He earned his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Minnesota, his B.S. in biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is Agile-certified as a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Project Owner. Ryan actively participates in a number of national and regional industry groups as an invited speaker and mentor. He enjoys shepherding innovation from concept to commercialization in an effort to maximize delivery of high quality healthcare for all.

David PriceDavid Price, MD

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Dr. Price is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Dexcom. His many responsibilities include leading the strategy, design, interpretation, and reporting of Dexcom clinical trials and usability studies, leading publication strategy and publication development, providing oversight and collaboration on investigator- initiated studies, providing clinical and medical input into product development and risk management processes, and supporting sales and marketing activities. Dr. Price previously worked at LifeScan and was responsible for developing clinical decision support solutions and leading the clinical research program. He has numerous patent applications related to applying decision support to medical devices. Dr Price is from Cleveland, OH, received his undergraduate baccalaureate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, his medical degree is from the Ohio State University, and completed his internship and residency at the Maine Medical Center. Dr. Price was a clinical fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School. From 1986-2002, he was in private clinical practice as a consultant diabetologist in Santa Rosa, Ca. During this period, he served as an investigator for numerous pharmaceutical and device trials related to diabetes and metabolism. He is a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and held a clinical faculty appointment at University of California in San Francisco from 1990-2001. Dr Price volunteers as visiting faculty at the VA San Diego Healthcare System- Department of Endocrinology, and Metabolism. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. Dr. Price has authored many publications and has lectured extensively on diabetes related topics to physicians, nurses, and the general public.

Charles PodestaCharles Podesta

Chief Information Officer
UC Irvine Health

Over thirty (30) years experience in Information Technology for Healthcare, the last eighteen years as a Chief Information Office. Podesta has worked for Academic Medical Centers, Health Systems and Community Hospitals. He is currently the CIO for University of California Irvine Health. Previous to this engagement Podesta was SVP & CIO of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, a large academic medical center and health system in Burlington, VT.
Other positions included SVP & CIO at Caritas Christi Health Care, now Steward Health in eastern MA, CIO at Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, MA, Director of IS and Interim CIO for Baystate Health Systems in Springfield, MA. And prior to that, leadership positions at St Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; UMASS/Memorial, Worcester, MA and Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Over the years Podesta has made numerous presentations at national conferences and is quoted widely in healthcare publications on a variety of IT topics including Epic’s Community Connect Program.

David RhewDavid C Rhew, MD

Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Healthcare
Samsung SDS America

Dr. David Rhew is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of Global Healthcare at Samsung SDS America. David received his Bachelors of Science degrees, one in computer science and the other in cellular molecular biology, from the University of Michigan. He received his MD degree from Northwestern University and completed internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed fellowship in health services research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Rhew has served as senior vice-president and chief medical officer at Zynx Health Incorporated; clinician/researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Rhew has served on the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Steering Committee for Pulmonary and Critical Care quality indicators and is currently on the NQF Consensus Standards and Approval Committee. He co-holds six U.S. patents for technology that enables the authoring, mapping, and integration of clinical decision support into the electronic health record.

Dr. Rhew’s research interests include measurably improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care and applying technology to engage patients and consumers in their health care. 

Carol RobinsonCarol Robinson

Director of Sales
Qualcomm Life

Carol is the national director of sales for Qualcomm Life. In this role, Carol leads the team responsible for selling the 2net™ and Healthy Circles solutions throughout the US.  This consists of healthcare organizations, provider and payer networks. Carol joined the  QCL team in 2014 and built a team of seasoned professionals to commercialize the Qualcomm Life solutions. With over 20 years of clinical, management and sales leadership roles in the healthcare area, Carol has spent her career taking her clinical and management experience from the hospital to Tokos Medical Corporation, one of the first remote patient monitoring companies for high-risk OB patients,  then to leading sales teams in the Home Health business for Hill Rom and later for GEHS where she oversaw a Revenue Budget of $500M.  Most recently, Carol was Regional VP at McKesson selling population health management tools to larger healthcare organizations in the west.  Carol holds an MSN from the University of Texas at Houston and a bachelor’s degree in nursing  from the University of Texas at Galveston.

Katherine SteinbergKatherine Steinberg

Director of Programs
Institute for Innovation in Health
UCLA Health

Katherine Steinberg is the Director of the Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA, where she identifies, pilots and deploys new technologies, products and services to support transformation. Katherine identifies innovations to accelerate strategic goals in the areas of access and population health. She also manages The Global Lab for Health which advances the international exchange of health delivery innovations – showcasing high value innovations that radically reduce costs and improve access to care. She has more than 12 years of experience in healthcare market evaluation, project management, process improvement, and strategic planning. Before joining the Institute , Katherine was part of UCLA Health System’s Performance Excellence department, deploying Lean principles throughout UCLA’s hospitals and clinics. Katherine’s work included facilitating end-to-end value stream transformations, supporting focused operational improvements and building Lean capabilities through coaching and training. Prior to joining UCLA, Katherine was the strategic planner for the US Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She earned her BA at the University of Pennsylvania, a MPP from UCLA, and a MBA from NYU.

Larry StofkoLarry Stofko

Executive Vice President
Innovation Institute
St. Joseph Health System

Larry Stofko is Executive Vice President at The Innovation Institute. The Innovation Institute is a for-profit LLC structured to respond agilely to the long and short-term needs of the healthcare industry. It is composed of three distinct elements—an innovation laboratory, an investment fund, and an enterprise development group. Larry leads the Innovation Lab, which includes ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.

Mr. Stofko has over 25 years of experience in healthcare information technology, strategy, and innovation. He was previously honored with CIO Magazine’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” award as an up-and-coming IT executive. He has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in InformationWeek Healthcare’s second annual compilation of IT executives which highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers, the visionaries and the innovators who are moving patient care forward. Larry has a true passion for technology and innovation, speaking nationally on a regular basis. He has a strong reputation for leading change and gaining support for innovative solutions and change.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health (SJH), a $6 billion integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system based in Orange County with 25,000 employees, 16 hospitals and 6,000 physicians. In this capacity, he held corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services at SJH. SJHS ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week 500 through Mr. Stofko’s leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.

Larry’s previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company’s health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.

Mr. Stofko received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University (1994), and an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University (1987).  He serves on the Board of Directors for both The Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization serving low-income youth and families; and for Taller San Jose, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training, leading them to a self-reliant future.

Scott WeingartenScott Weingarten, MD

SVP, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
Cedars-Sinai Health System

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, is senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Cedars-Sinai.   He is a Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Health System and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and editorials on healthcare quality improvement, clinical decision support, and related topics, and has authored numerous chapters on improving the quality of patient care in some of the leading internal medicine textbooks. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Weingarten has held positions on myriad national committees dedicated to improving patient outcomes, including those of the Institute for Medical Quality, the American Heart Association’s "Get With The Guidelines" program, and the quality improvement committee of the board of directors of St. Joseph's Health System. He served as a member of the Disease Management Advisory Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and was part of the Certification Process Advisory Group for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

At Cedars-Sinai, he has been awarded both the President’s Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award, and was Alumnus of the Year for 2009.

Dr. Weingarten was the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Zynx Health, which is the leader for order sets and care plans for electronic health records. Scott sold Zynx Health to the Hearst Corporation, and Zynx Health is one of the Hearst Corporation’s largest companies.  He is a co-inventor of three software patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

After graduating from UCLA’s medical school, Dr. Weingarten completed his internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He later participated in a National Center for Health Services Research Fellowship at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. During the fellowship, he also earned a master’s of Public Health degree at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Weingarten has also worked as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente and was awarded partnership status at Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

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